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Etwall school trio 'delighted' after design comp success

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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BUDDING designers from a South Derbyshire school have being honoured for their creative work.

Three Year 12 pupils from John Port School, in Etwall, have been handed commendations after entering the 'New Creatives' competition organised by the University of Derby.

The aim of the competition – now in its second year – is to celebrate creativity through a wide range of artistic disciplines including digital media, illustration, fashion, photography, painting, textiles, moving image and graphic design.

Rebecca Elliot, Maisy Bennett and Heather Swinfen put forward three of 119 entries received by the university.

The trio were all handed commendations for their entries and the judges were full of praise for all three pupils.

They said that Rebecca Elliot's work showed 'a strong personal style showing excellent use of creative stitch, the garment is contemporary and fashion forward. The finished garment is well executed and the attention to detail is clearly evident'.

Maisy Bennett's 'beautiful sketchbook' was said to underpin the design for an embellished dress which she created from scratch.

The judges added: "Colour, stitch and fabrics choices contribute to the success of this exciting fashion garment."

Heather Swinfen also showed 'excellent sketchbook' work.

The judges said: "Well-composed pages with a good use of mixed media."

They said it show 'Evidence of lots of textile processes, interesting use of colour and contemporary techniques'.

Teaching staff from the University of Derby took time out to head to Derbyshire's largest school to present the pupils with their framed awards.

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